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4x4x48 Fundraiser Success - pictured above are Pat Clohessy, Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, Fundraisers Eimhin Prendergast and Dylan McMahon, Aoife Kelly, Treaty Suicide, Josephine Corbett, Treaty Suicide fundraising organiser, Matt Collins, Chairperson Treaty Suicide 4x4x48 Fundraiser Success - pictured above are Pat Clohessy, Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, Fundraisers Eimhin Prendergast and Dylan McMahon, Aoife Kelly, Treaty Suicide, Josephine Corbett, Treaty Suicide fundraising organiser, Matt Collins, Chairperson Treaty Suicide

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4x4x48 Fundraiser Success – pictured above are Pat Clohessy, Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, Fundraisers Eimhin Prendergast and Dylan McMahon, Aoife Kelly, Treaty Suicide, Josephine Corbett, Treaty Suicide fundraising organiser, Matt Collins, Chairperson Treaty Suicide.

4x4x48 Fundraiser success will aid two local organisations 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley

Dylan McMahon and Eimhin Prendergast took part in a global running challenge on Friday, March 5, until Sunday, March 7. The challenge was organised by Dylan and Eimhin was to raise funds for two local Limerick charities – Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service (LMSR). The challenge consisted of running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours, which successfully raised more than their initial target of €300reaching over €2000 for both charities!


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Even though the challenge was of great endurance and hard work, the two boys are delighted to have contributed to helping both charities, mainly because they resonate with the work both Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Services do.

“I picked Limerick Marine Search and Rescue as I’ve seen the work that search and rescue teams do in the past. The lengths they go to and their risks to make sure that others are safe is incredible. We initially set a target of €300, so we were surprised but thrilled to hit almost €2000, thanks to all the generous donations we received!”, exclaimed Eimhin.

“Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention was my charity of choice because they care enough to make a difference in Limerick. I felt relieved that I could finally get some rest, but I wouldn’t change it for the world because we played our part, and we did it for something greater than ourselves, which was reason enough”, added Dylan.

4x4x48 Fundraiser Success - Fundraisers Eimhin Prendergast and Dylan McMahon with Dave Finn and Peter Hogan, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue

Fundraisers Eimhin Prendergast and Dylan McMahon with Dave Finn and Peter Hogan, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

The idea came about when Eimhin mentioned it to Dylan. “Eimhin messaged me to express that he was interested in doing the global David Goggin’s fitness 4x4x48 challenge to help a greater cause. We decided to pick two local charities and split the total amount between the two,” Dylan stated.

Dylan initially decided to choose Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention because he explains, “I was diagnosed with clinical depression and understand what it feels like to feel alone and helpless. I struggled with mental health on and off throughout the years, and it is crucial to put the message out there are people who care and want to help. Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention embodies this message when they dedicate their time to patrolling the bridges all hours of the day and night.”

Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention is a volunteer group patrolling the bridges of Limerick City, as well as continuing their usual night-time patrols, between 2 pm and 6 pm each day; members of the group will be there to offer a kind ear to people who are struggling with the world we are living in currently. They will help people in suicidal distress or feel isolated.

“All funds donated to us are vital as we are facilitating both day and night patrols. These patrols are vital for the well-being of our community, and we need essential equipment to do this,” a spokesperson for Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention added.

Eimhin said, “I picked Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service due to an early experience when undergoing training to become a lifeguard. I experienced first-hand the work that the LMSR teams continually do and the risks they wholeheartedly take to save others. I wanted to play my part and help in whatever way I could.”

LMSR keeps Limerick safe in unpredictable waters. It also holds pontoons along the waters of Limerick, equipped with boats established with donations. As a result, LMSR is incredibly responsive in an emergency call due to its quick access to the water.

The boys and everybody that decided to take part and contribute to the cause aided both local charities to continue carrying out their fantastic work and much-needed services for the Limerick people, especially during these challenging times, which we have learned from both boys, that challenging times can create meaningful and beautiful outcomes.

4x4x48 Fundraiser Success

For more stories on Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention, go HERE

For more stories on Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, go HERE

For more info on Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, go HERE

 

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